Toto is back out on the road this summer and for the first time in a long time, they’ll be playing a run of headlining dates without an opening act, so American audiences will finally get to see the extended sets that the band has been playing mainly in Europe in recent years. They are also making a real effort to play shows in places they haven’t played in a long time.
We cover a lot of ground during today’s interview, including the band’s upcoming 40th anniversary in 2018 and the plans that are in place to celebrate that.
As you’ll hear, they’re also looking to record some new music as part of that anniversary celebration, which is great news. The band released Toto XIV last year, their first album of new material in several years and the first studio album with vocalist Joseph Williams back in the fold.
I spoke with Lukather at the time that new record came out and he was quick to praise Joseph and talk about how great it was that he had finally gotten another shot at doing a Toto record and he said at that time, “This is really kind of Joe’s record.” Listening to the album, it was certainly a nice way to put a cap on the victory lap that Williams has been on since he came back to the band. If you haven’t heard the album, make sure you search it out. It’s well worth your time.
The tour begins on August 12th in Riverside, Iowa and runs through mid-September. Check out Toto99.com for the tour dates and grab a pair of tickets — there are shows on the tour that are already selling out and if you’ve never seen these guys, you don’t want to be left out on this one. They’re really firing on all cylinders and putting on great shows.
Thanks for listening!
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